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MSME709 Clinical Therapeutics

This paper is a progression from MSME701. This is an on-campus, hands-on course, designed to teach postgraduate medical students specific practical clinical skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, including the assessment of efficacy according to the current evidence-based principles.

In this paper the principles of musculoskeletal diagnosis, as covered in MSME 701 Clincial Diagnosis, are used to provide the basis for therapeutic intervention. Injection techniques, manual therapy, appropriate pharmaceutical intervention and spinal intervention techniques to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction are examined in detail.

Paper title Clinical Therapeutics
Paper code MSME709
Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MSME 701
Limited to
MSME 709 is restricted to registered medical practitioners.Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Further information:

Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 378 6161 

Teaching staff

Dr Jim Borowczyk, Dr Grant Thompson, Dr Geoff Harding

Paper Structure

This paper centres around a 7-day practical course focusing on developing expertise in techniques used to treat musculoskeletal problems. Students will have opportunities to practise clinical skills throughout the course.  The course is concluded with an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), there is also an essay requirement.  Some material is provided electronically, or via Zoom, prior to attending.

Teaching Arrangements

This paper centres around a 7-day practical, on-campus course held in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday 26th August - Friday 1st September 2023.


No textbooks are required for this paper. Readings will be supplied electronically, and students will be expected to access these online via the Library.

Course outline

The 7-day programme covers hands-on practical skills in manual medicine and injection procedures for managing common musculoskeletal disorders. Included in this is the use of pharmaceuticals and an overview of spinal injection techniques.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will have developed skills in

  • Safe and accurate diagnostic techniques
  • Formulating appropriate clinical intervention strategies
  • Applying effective manual intervention strategies
  • Correctly using injection techniques and pharmaceuticals for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems
  • Applying the knowledge relevant to referring people with pain to other agencies for further appropriate intervention

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Further Information

Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 1086

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system